Q. I had an agent ask to read a short of mine.... I sent it to her on the 6th of June and she hasn't responded as of yet. ... I know the old cliche is "hurry up and wait," but waiting is always easier said than done, especially when you are trying to get "out there." I don't want to bother her at all, but if the answer is "shove-it," I'd just like to hear it.
In my experience, nudging people to read something rarely accomplishes anything. If they want to read it, they will. If they like it, they will call. For my own sanity's sake, I try to just move on to the next.
Sometimes I can't stand it and I call anyway. But when I've had to call, I don't think the answer has ever been "yes."
The same is not true of one's own agent. Getting your agent to read your stuff is often exactly a matter of nudging -- gently, positively, upbeat-ly, but nudging. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. But then they've already decided you're worth reading.